I am this close to finishing the Tangled Yoke Cardigan:
It looks too small in this photo, but that's because the stockinette is curled up. It actually will come out with the amount of ease I wanted, I think. I did add a bit of length to both the body and the sleeves. Now, I'm not tall and my arms are not long, but it looked like from the schematics that it was going to be too cropped-looking for my taste. Also, I was worried that the sleeves would be too wide for me, but I didn't change anything about the width. I'm now glad that I didn't try to make it smaller, because I think it would have otherwise been uncomfortable to wear a long-sleeve shirt underneath the cardigan. The pattern is great and I love, love, love that horizontal cable. I've never done one before (I'm not even sure I've even seen one before), and I couldn't conceptualize exactly how it was going to work. So that cable chart was like a great novel--you just want to keep reading it and reading it and knitting it to see how it develops. I don't know if there was a slight error in the decrease rows just before and just after the cable, though. It didn't quite work out to the right number of stitches, and I don't know if that was my mistake or the patterns, but it was minor and very easy to fudge without it being noticeable. All that's left is the neckband and the (dreaded) buttonband. This is my favorite knit to date!
On Saturday, I got to visit with Elizabeth. This was the first time I'd ever met a blogger in real life, and it was really fun. She is great! Plus, she wore her newly-finished Juliet, which was super cute. I had been thinking that I wanted to do a similar top for awhile...something on big needles, and this was just the extra push I needed. I ordered some Jaeger Extra Fine Merino Chunky on eBay, so we'll see what I can come up with.
Elizabeth and I were looking at some pattern magazines together, and I admitted to her that I sometimes feel relieved after looking through a magazine if I don't find anything that appeals to me. That is because my queue is already so long and I can get overwhelmed with thinking there are so many things I want to do. Well, I didn't find anything in the new Vogue or Rebecca (I'm talking about #34), so I thought my knitting agenda was set. Next thing you know, the IK preview is posted, and I think I'm screwed! I love the Refined Aran Jacket, Selva Skirt (at least the bottom of it if not the waist area), Henley Perfected, Sweater Girl Pullover, Bubble Cable Dolman, Celtic Tote, Logan River Wrap, and Ruched Shell. Whew! Plus, I'm eyeing Ysolda's new top and am waiting for the pattern for it. Better go knit!